One in 10 MPs think social care fit for purpose

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Only one in 10 MPs in England think the social care system is fit for purpose, Independent Age has found.

The survey of 101 MPs of all parties revealed that 86% believed a cross-party consensus was needed for a lasting settlement on health and social care.

Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, said: “Confidence that the social care system can deal with the UK’s ageing population has virtually evaporated among Parliamentarians.

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“The crisis in social care was front and centre in the election earlier this year, and it is clear from this poll that there is an overwhelming desire from politicians on all sides for the Government to work towards a cross-party consensus on a solution.”

Norman Lamb MP, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for health, and Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, commented: “The Government simply cannot afford to put off finding solutions to these problems. Without lasting reform, the most vulnerable frail and elderly people are at real risk of falling through the gaps and not getting the support they expect and deserve. While ministers have promised a Green Paper on the future of social care, this falls short of the fundamental review of the entire health and care system that we desperately need.

“That’s why I have been working with Independent Age and a coalition of healthcare organisations to urge the Government to work with MPs from all parties, experts from across the sector, and with older people and their families to help build a sustainable health and social care system that ensures everybody can get the treatment and support that they need.”

Councillor Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Wellbeing Board, added: “We strongly support a cross-party consensus on adult social care and councils are firmly committed to making this happen.

“With councils facing further funding pressures and growing demand for support by the end of the decade and beyond, this is the best way to ensure we will find a solution that ensures our future generations enjoy a care system which doesn’t just help them out of bed and gets them washed and dressed but ensures they have dignified and fulfilling lives.”

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